What's happening in Chch this weekend

01:07, Feb 15 2013


Orientation 2013 is on now at the University of Canterbury. Events this week include Chart acoustic lunchtime shows, a Summer Fete and Outdoor Movie tonight (see below), toga party on Saturday and Mini Wildfoods on Tuesday.

I don't know how they did it but on Wednesday (for students only, sob) there's a gig featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Homebrew.

Summer Fete

The Summer Fete with Outdoor Movie is on tonight from 6 to 11 at the University of Canterbury, Ilam Rd. Browse the stalls, visit the animals at the petting zoo and play on inflatable games. Once the sun sets, a movie will be shown on a giant inflatable screen. Bring your picnic blanket.

Family Funday


The Family Funday and Football Fest is on Sunday from 11am to 4pm at Oaklands School, Halswell, with special guest football great Wynton Rufer. All rides are free - including the chair-o-plane, mini jeeps, merry- go-round, pony rides, bouncy castle and more. Live music, dance groups and a magic show rounds out the entertainment.

Rufer and his coaching team will provide free coaching for children aged 6-12. Food and drinks will be available with all proceeds going to charity.


The Inner-city East Multi-cultural Festival is on Saturday from 11am-3pm at the Rose Gardens, Beverly Park, on the corner of Stanmore Rd and Avonside Dr.

Hosted by the Linwood Community Art Centre, the annual event aims to celebrate the diverse community and offers food, stalls and a variety of entertainment. A $7 hangi will be available between noon and 1pm.

Quake City

Quake City opens in the Re:Start Mall today from 10am-6pm.

Open seven days, it is "Christchurch's earthquake attraction designed to inform, engage and educate locals and tourists about the Canterbury earthquakes".

According to the website, at Quake City you can: experience the Ruaumoko Maori Legend; be captivated by personal earthquake stories; see the events through large-scale imagery; marvel at the work done by the emergency services; hear about the incredible resilience of our communities; view iconic objects like the top of the cathedral spire; stand over an active liquefaction volcano; learn about the science of earthquakes.

Adult $10, children under 15 accompanied by an adult free. Concession $8. quakecity.co.nz

Board games

The Pallet Pavilion, on the corner of Durham and Kilmore streets, hosts a board games night tonight from 6pm-10.30pm. If you have a game you want to play, bring it along. Bar open and mobile Osaka and Let-Us-Eat food carts on site. All ages.

See palletpavilion.com

Festival of Flowers 2013

The 24th Annual Festival of Flowers in Christchurch, the Garden City, has its opening weekend celebrations at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on Saturday including a 10am ceremony for Kaitiaki 'The Keeper', a 5-metre vertical floral wall, and Chinese New Year of the Snake Celebration and cultural performances at 2pm.

On Sunday, events include a family picnic day out from 10am, including prizes for fancy dress, children's games and Carrot and Pickle Clown Show at 1pm.

See festivalofflowers.co.nz for a downloadable programme and event descriptions.


On Saturday, Lyttelton institution the Wunderbar offers Valentine's Burlesque Cabaret from 8.30pm-11pm. Ayla's Angels Burlesque Circus provides the show with guest act Rubberband Boy Shay Horay and MC MulletMan.

Tickets $20, doors open 8pm. Door sales or pre-sales available from the Wunderbar and Hot Damn at Re:Start.


The V4 and Rotary South Island Championships are on this weekend at Ruapuna, Templeton.

The largest event of its kind in Australasia, the championships offer everything automotive. This year's event includes show cars, drag cars, drift cars, minitrucks, V8s, classic cars, old skool cars, bikes , a V car giveaway and more.

Adult $25, children under 10 free.

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